Island Health in the news: For the record

As the primary organization providing health care to 765,000 residents, and as the largest employer in the Vancouver Island region, Island Health directly affects the lives of many people. To learn more about current topics of public interest that involve Island Health, please see the statements below.
Island HealthIsland Health will not be charging the public, staff, volunteers or physicians for parking at the campuses of the North Island Hospital.  read more >

Patients and their families have many decisions to make when faced with end-of-life care or intolerable suffering. It’s important for Vancouver Island residents, and all BC residents, to understand the health care options available to them.

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It is with deep regret that I write to share information about a fatal accident that occurred yesterday in Woss – a remote community in the North Island near Port McNeill.

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Island Health has long recognized the role of supervised consumption services as part of a range of health authority-wide evidence-based services that support prevention, harm reduction and treatment for individuals living with substance use challenges.

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Last updated: 27 September, 2017

IHealth is a transformative approach to health and care within Island Health and our community. IHealth will benefit Vancouver Island residents through improved quality, safety and experience of care.

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Following a recent complaint, Island Health provided some direction with regard to the distribution of marijuana edibles.  We sent the following letter to marijuana dispensaries within our service delivery area: Letter to Dispensaries March 29, 2017

Within Island Health, the Health Protection and Environmental Health Services department includes Medical Health Officers, Environmental Health Officers and others.  These individuals have been delegated authority to administer provincial legislation such as the Public Health Act ( [SBC 2008] CHAPTER 28) and the Food Premises Regulation (B.C. Reg. 210/99 O.C. 774/99 ), and to take action intended to facilitate compliance.

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Island Health LogoThe Island Health Head Lice Management Guidelines were updated September, 2016 by the Public Health Nursing program. These guidelines provide recommendations and resources for schools on lice management based on current information. These guidelines are not a policy for schools, as the Health Authority does not set policy for schools on this issue. Schools and childcare facilities may set their own policies on lice management.  read more >

Island Health received notification from the Good Samaritan Society on April 1, 2016 regarding a significant change in staffing and a potential change in ownership of Wexford Creek, a residential care facility located in Nanaimo that Good Samaritan Society has owned and operated since 2008. Island Health was unaware of GSS’ intention to terminate staff or sell the facility prior to receiving the notification.

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The provincial Drinking Water Protection Act establishes the framework for the provision of safe quality drinking water within the province of B.C.  Since its adoption in 2001, drinking water system operators across the province have been working to take the appropriate actions necessary to comply with the expectations outlined in the legislation.  read more >